2013 MFA DT Thesis Project : Nostalgia
How can technology affect our sense of nostalgia?
Despite the promises of new technology, it can also create social isolation and feelings of loneliness, especially for older people. ‘Nostalgia’ explores how antiquated technology can comfort people suffering from information overload.
Using 3D projection mapping techniques coupled with a more traditional diorama, ‘Nostalgia’ is a narrative that highlights human emotions in a landscape full of ubiquitous technology. The video projection with live actors creates an immersive experience.
My thesis questions are what problems we are facing and what we are missing in the technological age. Specifically, the research focuses on the psychological aspects of the current technological age. The effect of technology on human relationships impacts physical human interaction. A sense of isolation and loneliness creates in our lives the feeling of emptiness and boredom; in addition, this creates generation gaps. Especially, differences between people of a younger generation and their elders were attributed to rapid technological development. For instance, for the older generation it is harder to gain a full comprehension of something completely new and different from what they have seen. This technology creates social isolation and the feelings of loneliness, which is a common problem for older people living in modern life. This isolation and loneliness can damage both mental and physical health in older people. The core questions that motivated the thesis project were about how nostalgic memory when people live with old technology in the past helps alleviate isolation and loneliness amongst older people, and what are the potentials for isolated people to develop and retain human interactions. These specific questions were answered by my thesis iteration.
The thesis statement is that a connection between nostalgia, which increases a sense of meaning in our lives and technology embraces emotional feelings. A narrative of the thesis film is based on a comparison of the family space in the past, present and future and focused on characters that tell a story in an abstract way. In the first scene, the old woman appears and performs her daily task, like knitting, in solitude capturing audience attention. The opening scene helps lead viewers to enter the nostalgic memory scene.